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California to protect insurance policies in wildfire areas

California has ordered insurance companies to stop dropping customers who live in areas affected by recent wildfires.

Posted: Dec 6, 2019 9:37 AM

Sacramento, Calif (AP) - California has ordered insurance companies to stop dropping customers who live in areas affected by recent wildfires.

The order from Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara will only last for one year. And it only covers people who live within the perimeter of one of 16 different wildfires that raged across the state in October.

But it marks the first time the state has used a new law designed to give homeowners more time to find coverage as the growing threat of wildfires makes insuring their properties more expensive.

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